The naivete of our politicians as well as the hypocrisy seems to know no bounds. I smile as I watch the Dem talking heads try and explain how Syria is different from the last time we mounted an attack on Arabia. Back then if you remember, they were full of rhetoric about having to build a "coalition of the willing!" Something both Bush 41 and 43 did rather well. This time of course our staunchest ally has seen fit to reject the idea of getting involved. The Dems also insisted on UN approval and a vote in Congress, both of which have been circumvented this time. So our esteemed President is going to have to go it alone. And this will mean he will own the entire shambles that will occur - paraded broken bodies of babies and old people to show what the evil Americans have done. Before he pushes the switch I suggest he reads Uncle Remus's The Tar Baby. It would be very instructive. Then perhaps a short speech to the nation explaining that being a devout enthusiast for Islam he has thought hard and long about the entire situation, and has decided that it would be best for everyone to let Allah to sort it out.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
|Water Break in the Desert|
Monday, August 26, 2013
|The Arboretum's Gazebo|
I ran this on the blog some months ago, but frankly it's so good that it's worth looking at again. My friend Geoffrey sent it on to me this time. It takes about 5 minutes and is well worth the time to see this great land this way. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=KcuDdPo0WZk
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
I'm grateful to my brother-in-law, Tony for this interesting Japanese video about a man who's invented a method to turn trash into oil. I wonder if plans are afoot to make this more widely used. http://www.youtube.com/embed/qGGabrorRS8?rel=0
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Eric Clapton is arguably one of the greatest Rock and Roll guitarists of the century. His Layla however has always rather confused me as it is really two separate songs in the eight minute performance. I've often wondered why he didn't make two recordings. This is from a 1999 Madison Square concert. A true classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX5USg8_1gA
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
My friend Jim in Pasadena sent me this. As his note to me said it's good to re-center. http://www.flickspire.com/mlp/LifeSecrets/LifeIsLikeCoffee
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
This week's music track is a piece that seems so very old fashioned. It's Waltz of My Heart by Ivor Novello. He was very popular during and immediately after WWII, and died in 1951, I think it was. I'm sure young people would turn their noses up at this; it's melodic after all! Will music like this ever be written and performed again? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6eyQl0wGM
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Sun was a little late getting the Sunday Column on line this week, but here it is.
We've been going through a lot of construction in the village since May, but we're halfway through and there's lots to see and do. You can read the entire column at http://www.sbsun.com/trevorstravels
|Treasure Island in Big Bear Lake|
The other day I received a call from the pharmacist - it was totally automatic - to let me know I was running short of the medicine and would I like them to renew it. I pushed all the right buttons and later on today I can pick them up. I think that's quite a wonderful service, don't you?
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
When we were on our guided tour of Yellowstone, we stopped so that people could admire a grizzly bear moving around about half a mile away up on a hill. Along with everyone else I watched, but perhaps would not have bothered if I had known that I was to have an encounter a lot closer a few days later.
|Full sized grizzly - I didn't take the picture!|
We had literally just begun our return trip and were about three miles from the town of West Glacier, MT. Michael was about 150 yards ahead of me and we were doing about 55 m.p.h. I thought I saw a large dog tear out of the pine forest to my right. We were on an empty three lane highway at about 6:45 a.m. Next to the pine forest was about 75 feet of grassy verge and the same was repeated on the other side of the highway. I soon realised this was no dog but a grizzly, and furthermore he was moving very fast. Let no-one tell you these guys are slow! I began to swerve away from him and slam on the brakes but we were on a collision course. Fortunately his reaction was similar to mine and his brakes were better. He turned a complete 180 and in a cloud of dust tore back to the forest. We were about 25 feet away from each other when he turned. A little too close for comfort! I've put this account into an upcoming piece for The Sun so apologies if you read it elsewhere.
Monday, August 5, 2013
This takes a little while to get going, but it shows how security services might operate. I'm grateful to my friend Denise in Florida for this. I think I detect some Jason Bourne scenes in this - quite clever!
Saturday, August 3, 2013
During my recent absence, the verdict on the Zimmerman/Martin trial came in. It was no surprise to me or anyone else paying attention, I'm sure. The prosecution didn't have much of a case. Naturally the verdict was bound to cause conniption fits among the various stars of the grievance industry. But at the end of the day, this little fellow is as confused by their anger as me. My thanks to Denise for this one.
Friday, August 2, 2013
I recently had to travel along a road just outside Wendover in Idaho. It was a good road and there had been some work done on it to improve the surface. However the entire road was coned off and we were forced to ride on the shoulder for what seemed to be about twenty miles. Naturally we were reduced to the speed of the slowest truck as there was no way to pass it. I expected to see some teams of workers or at least some equipment left to start work again, but there was nothing. Just good new surface and a long long line of cones keeping us all to the side. I have experienced this before and I believe the delay to opening the full road is to allow some politician or bureacrat to stand on a podium and congratulate him or herself and their team on doing what they were paid to do. Come on People!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
It took close to a year for this piece of music to hit the UK. Rock Around the Clock was the tune that really started rock and roll there. I'm sure there were other pieces that might claim that title, but for we teenagers waiting for the Six Five Special to come onto our black and white TV screens back in 1955, it was this that began it all. Bill Haley today doesn't look like the type to set people's hearts racing, but when he and his Comets eventually came to London, extra police had to be on hand to stop the rioting. It was a long time ago! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-qjc17KEsc